Logo Job Details Job Class: Soil Scientist 2 Who May Apply: This vacancy is open for bids and for all qualified job seekers simultaneously. Bidders will be considered through 06/07/2020. Date Posted: 05/27/2021 Closing Date: 06/16/2021 Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Division/Unit: Pesticide and Fertilizer Management Division (PFMD)/Fertilizer Field Unit 2 Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift Days of Work: Monday - Friday Travel Required : Yes (15%) Salary Range: $25.71 - $37.82/hourly; $53,682 - $78,968/annually Classified Status: Classified Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes Job Summary Job Summary This position is located in St. Cloud, MN. This soil scientist position is responsible for preventing and minimizing degradation of water quality through the promotion, evaluation, and as indicated, development of crop nutrient best management practices (BMPs) and alternative management tools (AMTs). The majority of this work focuses on areas of coarse-textured soils in Central MN. This position provides educational and technical assistance to crop producers, agricultural professionals, and state and local governmental officials and staff within areas that have known or potential water contamination from nitrate, such as drinking water supply management areas (DWSMAs) and areas of elevated nitrate in private wells. The majority of the position’s work is guided by the Minnesota Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan (NFMP) and Groundwater Protection Rule (GPR). This position may also provide technical assistance on a limited basis to water planning efforts addressing water impairments within agricultural watersheds. Qualifications Minimum Qualifications Two (2) years of experience working on crop nutrient issues with crop producers and ag professionals, or as an alternative, two years of affiliated research. NOTE: A BS degree in Agriculture, Agronomy, Crop Science, Hydrogeology, Plant Science, Soil Science, Water Resources, or a closely related field may substitute one (1) year of experience. Knowledge of the linkage between crop nutrient inputs, crop response, and environmental fate and transport of nitrate to groundwater. Knowledge of crop nutrient best management practices (BMPs), alternative management tools (AMTs), and cropping systems common to Minnesota. Above average writing and oral presentation skills and ability to transfer technical scientific concepts and research findings to crop producers, ag professionals, agency personnel, and the general public. Good working skills in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint. Possess and maintain an active/valid driver's license with an acceptable motor vehicle record subject to review. Preferred Qualifications BS degree or MS degree in Agriculture, Agronomy, Crop Science, Hydrogeology, Plant Science, Soil Science, Water Resources, or a closely related field. Be a Certified Professional Soil Scientist, Certified Crop Advisor, or Certified Professional Agronomist. Experience working with crop nutrient inputs, crop response, and environmental fate and transport of nitrate to groundwater, crop nutrient best management practices (BMPs), alternative management tools (AMTs), and cropping systems common to Minnesota. Knowledge of various Minnesota statutes and federal laws pertaining to programs and services under Minnesota Department of Agriculture jurisdiction related to water environmental protection. Strong communication skills, including writing, speaking, posters, presentations, and social media, experience working with and facilitating advisory teams. Experience with managing demonstration projects including landowner relations, records, and data, as well as experience with evaluating water quality monitoring data and vadose zone and surface water instrumentation. Project management skills, including goal setting, budgeting, contracting, progress tracking, and reporting as well as skills with, statistical analysis programs, farm practice databases, and geographic information system software. Physical Requirements The incumbent must be able to independently conduct field work in any season, working in physically challenging environments including cold, windy, and snowy conditions during winter months, as well as rainy, hot or humid conditions in the summer, while paying strict attention to work details and safety protocol. This position requires at times physically demanding labor, long workdays, and driving and hiking to remote locations. This includes lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, digging with shovels, and negotiating trails through wooded, overgrown, or otherwise obstructed pathways which may steep and occasionally rocky. The use of hand and power tools may also be required. Additional Requirements This position requires successful completion of the following: Job offer is contingent upon passing reference checks and driver’s history check. It is the policy of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, as part of its hiring procedures, to conduct background checks on the finalist(s) for positions within the agency. The background check for this position may include an Employment Records Check and a Reference Check. The background check may consist of the following components: SEMA4 Records Check (applies to current and former state employees only) Employment Reference Check Driver’s License Check Application Details Why Work For Us This position provides the opportunity to build close working relations with crop producers, crop advisors, fertilizer dealers, SWCD and NRCS staff, university researchers, and extension educators. The work is focused on increasing the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer use in areas of central MN where groundwater has been impacted. Leading local advisory teams of ag stakeholders along with work to promote, evaluate, and develop crop nutrient best management practices are central components of this position. Through this work the successful candidate will help implement our state's Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan and, in the process, play a part in improving Minnesota's quality of life through improved water quality. This position is part of a close-working and dedicated team. Opportunities for professional development, competitive salary, excellent benefits, and strong program support all add up to an exceptional job opportunity! GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year. Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The MDA is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence, and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age. How to Apply Click "Apply" at the bottom of the page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637. For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers . Contact If you have questions about the position, contact Luke Stuewe at luke.stuewe@state.mn.us or 218-850-9454. Connect 700 applicants contact Tracy Ohmann at tracy.ohmann@state.mn.us or 651.201.6167. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us . Please indicate what assistance you need.
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